June 13, 1923 - September 26, 2009
Herbert Sanford Grossman, 86, longtime Columbus resident, died September 26, 2009 after a long illness in Marquette, Michigan under the loving care of family members and hospice care workers. Herb was born June 13, 1923, to Ben and Rose Grossman. He is survived by his brothers, Arnold and Marvin (Harriet) Grossman, his children, Frann of Portland, OR; Michael (Helen) of Negaunee, MI; and Brad (Lisa) of Summerville, SC.; four grandchildren, Ben, Rachael, Alex and Kasey; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lucille, who died in 2006. Before retiring to North Palm Beach, FL, Herb served as president of Grossman Industries, a family business started by his father about 80 years ago in the south end of Columbus. As a pioneer in central Ohio’s recycling efforts, the business employed more than 300 people and shipped used clothing, waste paper and industrial wiping cloths to many domestic and overseas markets. Herb and his two brothers began working with their father “down the shop” while still school boys. During World War II, the government considered their work in Columbus “essential” to the war effort and excused them from military duty. However, all three boys chose to enter military service. During the last months of the war, Herb was serving as a ball turret gunner on a B-24 bomber when the plane was shot down over the Slovenian town of Maribor, in the former Yugoslavia. While other crewmen were captured by the enemy, Herb and a fellow crewman survived and were missing in action for 59 days, hiding by day and walking by night, until rescued by a Serbian farmer, Peter Vitanovic. Two decades following the war, Herb brought Vitanovic to Columbus to work in the family business. Peter’s son, Gojko, continues to maintain the former Grossman Industries property in south Columbus to this day. Besides his unforgettable stories of wartime survival, Herb’s friends and family will never forget his exceedingly good nature, humor and great generosity. He loved the music of Frank Sinatra, playing pool, and watching episodes of Seinfeld. His legacy also includes stories of state wrestling matches while a student at East High School, his unfailing encouragement and support in his children's life choices and careers, spirited boat parties with his wife and friends on Buckeye Lake and the Ohio River, and in his later years, cruising between Florida and the Bahamas during infrequent breaks from his work. While in Florida, Herb enjoyed daily walks and swimming laps in the pool until his final months of life. Herb was a board member of the International Association of Wiping Cloths. He served on several philanthropic boards including the Jewish Historical Society, Columbus Jewish Federation and Wexner Heritage House. He was a lifelong member of Congregation Tifereth Israel. Funeral service 1 PM Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at THE EPSTEIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 3232 E. Main St., with Rabbi Harold Berman and Cantor Jack Chomsky officiating. Burial to follow at New Tifereth Israel Cemetery.
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